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neck radius

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StingrayKid21, Mar 18, 2002.


  1. StingrayKid21

    StingrayKid21 Holding down the low-end since 1996.

    Oct 7, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Hey gang,

    I'm looking into buying a new 4-string and I've narrowed my choices down to a MM Stingray and a G&L L-2000. One thing I noticed about the G&L is that it offers four different neck options, with different neck widths and radii. What exactly is the radius of the neck? For instance, I plan on getting a neck with a width of 1.5" at the nut, but I then have to choose between a radius of 12" or 7.5"... which has got me somewhat confused. Is there really that much difference in the playablility of the neck?

    Thanks!
    --Kid
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The bigger the radius the flatter the fretboard.
    A flatter fretboard may make it easier to achieve a good setup/low action (more modern), a rounder one makes things like barre fingering easier (more oldschool).